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Coronavirus: Testing

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 37921, tabled on 20 April 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which species of animals are being used in the creation of tests for covid-19; and for what reasons.

Answered on

28 April 2020

The Government is backing efforts to develop a homegrown antibody test. A business consortium, UK Rapid Test Consortium (UK-RTC), including Oxford University, Abingdon Health, BBI Solutions and CIGA Healthcare has launched, in order to design and develop a new antibody test to determine whether people have had the virus. The development of this test will not involve testing on animals.